DEC2018/YAGAZIE EMEZI

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YAGAZIE EMEZI IS AN ARTIST AND SELF-TAUGHT DOCUMENTARY PHOTOGRAPHER FROM ABA, NIGERIA FOCUSED ON STORIES SURROUNDING AFRICAN WOMEN AND THEIR HEALTH, SEXUALITY, EDUCATION AND HUMAN RIGHTS.  SHE BEGAN HER JOURNEY IN 2015 AND HAS SINCE BEEN COMMISSIONED BY AL-JAZEERA, NEW YORK TIMES, VOGUE, NEWSWEEK, INC. MAGAZINE, TIME, THE GUARDIAN, REFINERY29, EVERYDAY PROJECTS, THE WEATHER CHANNEL AND NEW YORK TIMES MAGAZINE.  AFTER TEN MONTHS IN MONROVIA, LIBERIA DOCUMENTING THE IMPACT OF EDUCATION FOR GIRLS IN AT-RISK COMMUNITIES, YAGAZIE RETURNED TO HER ONGOING PROJECT RE-LEARNING BODIES WHICH EXPLORES HOW TRAUMA SURVIVORS, OUTSIDE THE NARRATIVE OF VIOLENCE AND ABUSE, ADAPT TO THEIR NEW BODIES WHILE MARKING THE ABSENCE OF AN EFFUSIVE CULTURE AROUND BODY POSITIVITY AS A NOTEWORTHY CULTURAL PHENOMENON.  

 

YAGAZIE IS A RECIPIENT OF THE 2018 INAUGURAL CREATIVE BURSARY AWARD FROM GETTY IMAGES.  A PARTICIPANT FOR THE 2018 NEW YORK PORTFOLIO REVIEW, SHE HAS ALSO BEEN FEATURED BY BRITISH JOURNAL OF PHOTOGRAPHY, HUFFINGTON POST, NIEMAN REPORTS, PAPER MAGAZINE, VOGUE, ABC NEWS, AND THE WASHINGTON POST.  IN NOVEMBER OF 2018, SHE RECEIVED A GRANT FROM THE U.S CONSULATE GENERAL IN LAGOS FOR HER PHOTO-SERIES ADDRESSING THE REALITY OF SEXUAL VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN AND THE VULNERABLE YOUNG IN NIGERIA. YAGAZIE IS MOSTLY BASED IN LAGOS, NIGERIA AND IS AVAILABLE FOR ASSIGNMENTS.